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making news in america this morning, tragic loss, robin williams, the cherished comedian, found dead in his home. the latest on the investigation, reaction from his daughter overnight and a look at his most memorable moments. anger mounts. more unrest in a city torn apart following the police involved shooting of a teenager. the new video in overnight as the teenager's mother talks about what's next in her fight. subway scare. a stroller rolls onto the tracks with a baby inside. the woman who leapt to the rescue and why investigators are now releasing the video. unexpected hazard, a dirt bike rider gets quite the surprise in the middle of a race.
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good morning. i'm michelle franzen. >> and i'm devin dwyer. it's great to have you with us. we begin with the death of a hollywood legend, actor and comedian robin williams, of course, found dead in his home north of san francisco apparently from suicide caused by asphyxia. >> he delighted millions with a career that spanned nearly 40 years, but, unfortunately, that legacy of laughs apparently hit a very painful personal battle. abc's tahman bradley leads off our coverage. >> reporter: overnight hollywood mourned the loss of legendary actor robin williams. from the iconic comedy club, the laugh factory, to the hollywood walk of fame to the premiere of "expendables 3," shock and sadness spread. >> we are mourning the loss of such a great man. you know, he was such a fantastic actor. >> he was a unique guy. you know, he was just a force of nature. >> reporter: the academy award winner died monday at his home in northern california. authorities suspect the 63-year-old took his own life. williams' representative said
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the actor had been battling severe depression of late. online fans, celebrities and williams' family grieved. "i love you, i miss you, i'll try to keep looking up," his daughter zelda tweeted. even president obama weighed in. "he was one of a kind. he arrived in our lives as an alien but he ended up touching every element of the human spir spirit." the president was referring to his work as an oddball alien in the '80s television classic "mork & mindy." >> be free. you must revolt against your oppressors. you have nothing to lose but your shells. >> reporter: "entertainment weekly" once called williams the funniest man alive, but many of the juilliard trained actor's roles were mixed with warmth and wit. "good morning, vietnam," "dead poets society," "mrs. doubtfire" and "good will hunting" for which he won his oscar. >> i thought about what you said to me the other day about my painting. >> reporter: an autopsy is scheduled for today, and the coroner will hold a news conference. tahman bradley, abc news, washington.
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we've been hearing in recent years about williams' battle with addiction. >> that's right. eight years ago back in 2006, he sat down with our own diane sawyer and opened up to her about the darkness of his struggle with addiction, but, as always, he showed a glimmer of hope. >> people say how do you feel? with my fingers. how does it -- don't drink. what are you doing to stay that way? don't drink. >> it was just alcohol? >> just alcohol. that's enough really. >> yeah. >> that's all. >> so to talk about it as caused by something -- >> it's not caused by anything. it's just there. it's just, you know, latent. it waits. humiliations give you humility literally. >> was there something somebody said to you, one sentence that got through that sailed through? >> you're a drunk. no, it's like it got through to me saying you need help, and that's the best sentence that got through. >> are you yourself when you -- >> no, that's another side of yourself that you don't know. dr. jekyll/mr. jack daniels. there is another person who appears. >> is there a sadness about these past two years then?
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>> yeah, there's a sadness and then you have to go -- then there's also hope. sadness is always like, yeah, you wish they hadn't happened but they did, and the purpose is to make you different. it's that idea of you're back, and you realize the thing that matters are others way beyond yourself. >> and we know williams was back at a treatment facility as recently as last month, but we don't know yet whether any substances played a role. the toxicology tests will be due out here after the autopsy in several more weeks. >> and also williams was set to star in the sequel of "mrs. doubtfire." that is doubtful, though. that's reportedly likely to be cancelled. >> that's right. and stay with abc news for the latest on the death of robin williams later on "good morning america." how celebrities reacted overnight and on twitter. so much more coming up later. and abc news will have an hour-long tribute to williams on a special edition of "20/20." that's tonight at 10:00 eastern. the other major story we're following this morning is the growing unrest near st. louis,
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missouri, after the shooting of that unarmed teenager by police. officers in riot gear used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up a crowd of protesters late last night in ferguson. mother of the william, michael brown, says she's devastated by her son's death but also hoping for peace in the city. >> i'm going through something i can't even explain to you. something i can't even describe to you. they took my son from me. they just took my son from me. >> details of what led to the shooting are still not clear. the fbi has launched its own review of the incident. now to another major story this morning. the latest on the political showdown in iraq. the current prime minister, nuri al maliki, says he's going to hold on to the job despite the fact that another politician has been chosen to be the next leader. the selection of hader al abadi as the new prime minister has the backing of the white house. >> earlier today vice president
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biden and i called dr. abadi to congratulate him and to urge him to form a new cabinet as quickly as possible. >> as for the battle against those islamic militants, the pentagon says u.s. air strikes have slowed isis down, but they're unlikely to affect the militants' overall capabilities or operations. fire crews in the northwest are battling more than two dozen wildfires this morning. more thunderstorms in the region today have raised concerns about new fires. lightning was the spark for many of the blazes in washington, oregon, northern california and idaho. most of those are in state or national forests or heavily wooded land. meanwhile, flood warnings are in effect this morning for the detroit area until at least daybreak. a storm late yesterday dumped more than 5 inches of rain in just a few hours. the average for the entire month of august, only 3 inches of rain. riders in a city bus, you see it there, terrified as it filled up with floodwater. drivers across the area were stranded in their cars.
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and a lot more weather on the way. time for weather from across the nation. a cold front will bring cooler temperatures and thunderstorms to the northwest. heavy rain will also drench the southwest and slowly move from the eastern midwest to the east coast. >> and we'll see more moderate temperatures today in the 80s in the west coast, the upper 80s in the rockies and the 70s near the great lakes today. highs will be around 90 along the gulf coast and in the mid-70s, very pleasant, in the northeast. well, still ahead, a new weapon in the fight against cancer. the test just approved by the fda for one of the deadliest forms of the disease. and new details in the racetrack death involving tony stewart and what we're learning about a second video of the crash. plus, much more on the death of robin williams. we have reaction from celebrities and his friends and a look at some of his best performances. >> medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life, but poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.
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♪ when you recognize something isn't right, make the call to the veterans crisis line at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1. welcome back. the u.s. postal service continues to bleed red ink, but its revenue in nearly all areas is up, especially in shipping and package services. the agency got permission for an emergency rate hike back in january. the postal service lost $2 billion in the last quarter, almost three times what it lost in the same period a year ago. those suing gm over ignition switch problems will be
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encouraged to accept settlements. that's the word from the federal judge who will preside over more than a hundred lawsuits stemming from the defect. there is a question whether the automaker can be sued for a problem that dates to before its government bailout five years ago. another judge will decide that. and amazon is getting into mobile payments. it's launching its own credit card reader that costs just $10. amazon's card readers connect to a smartphone allowing individuals and companies to accept payments through a credit card. burger king seems to be bowing to consumer demand by bringing back its chicken fries. the french fries shaped chicken pieces came back onto the menu yesterday. they were dropped two years ago after some slow sales, but absence apparently makes the desire for chicken fries grow stronger, so bk has brought them back. >> looked kind of yummy there at this hour. when we come back, caught on camera, an unexpected obstacle for a dirt bike racer during a race. plus, the moment performing
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for the troops that robin williams said he would never forget. >> i'm not going to forget that. [ laughter ] i've never had an entire audience just go "forget you. you have no idea." [ cheers and applause ] welcome to the corner of and "getting major kudos." just look at you. you're being healthy, even in little ways. that's worth celebrating. that's why walgreens created the first program that gives you rewards points just for healthy behavior. so stick with it. you've got a lot of people cheering you on... download the app and start getting rewarded today. at the corner of happy and healthy. and these little angels build in strength. and that little angel says, "weeeeeeeee!" 60% more sheets than charmin.
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welcome back. time now for a look at morning road conditions. roads will be wet in much of the west, but not drought-stricken california. highways and local streets could be flooded in the eastern third of the country. and if you're flying today, airport delays possible in boston, new york, philadelphia, washington, phoenix and atlanta. and recapping our top story this morning, the death of robin williams. >> tributes have been pouring in from around the world over the news of the apparent suicide of the hollywood legend. we've been hearing in recent years about his past struggles
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with addiction, and his agent now says the 63-year-old had been battling severe depression. this morning, even those close to williams and his struggles are stunned. >> he went through as crazy as we're surprised he lived this long, you know, all the craziness he did in the '80s, but after he got to be in his 50s and 60s, we figured he was over the hump and we'd have him for many years. >> the preliminary cause of death is suicide by asphyxia. an autopsy will be performed later today. >> and abc news will have much more on the passing of robin williams. later this morning, a special edition of "good morning america." some new details in the investigation of the racetrack tragedy involving tony stewart. an autopsy has found the 20-year-old driver kevin ward jr. died of blunt force trauma after being struck by stuart's car. investigators are now analyzing a second video of the incident taken from a different angle
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than we've seen before. police maintain they have found no criminal conduct, and they have no plans to interview stewart for a third time. ward's funeral is set for thursday. a major medical headline this morning. the fda has approved a gene test to screen for colon cancer. it's called cologuard. the test detected 92% of colon cancers in a study of 10,000 patients. a colonoscopy is the best procedure. but many avoid the invasive procedure. colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the u.s. a close call for a child in the london subway system. a baby stroller is left parked against a wall, and a gust of wind in the tunnel apparently blows the stroller onto the tracks with the baby inside it. then a woman leaps down and saves the child. it is not known, though, if she is the child's mother. and check this out. a dirt bike racer in southern
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california, he's doing great until watch the left side. that deer steps out in front of him taking him right to the ground. the deer just ran away. the rider took a little while longer to get back up, as you might imagine. >> kind of blends into the scenery. kind of the same color as the ground. glad he's okay. time now for some sports highlights and baseball highlights. >> we get some of last night's highlights from our guys at espn. >> welcome to our "sportscenter" set here in los angeles. he's neil everett. i'm stan verrett. orioles in first place in the a.l. east but might have a concern now. >> i have never colored my hair, by the way. manny machado is the concern. he's had knee problems in the past, and he's got a knee problem again. been the left kneecap in the past. the right knee, orioles saying a sprain. mri tuesday. if you know the o's, you know how important he is to that ball club. bottom eight, orioles up 7-3. the orioles just beat the yankee pitching staff bad.
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jonathan schoop there, orioles, 11-3. a's and royals, kansas city the hottest team in baseball came in on a seven-game win streak, a win and a detroit loss would give them first place in the a.l. central. alcides escobar trying to help out with that. norichika aoki scores. rbi single for escobar and the royals up, 3-2. let's go to the ninth. still a 3-2 game. one on, two outs. stephen vogt flies out to jarrod dyson. and check out dyson. he's going to finish with a backflip, and the royals flip-flop the tigers who lost to the pirates. kansas city in first place in the a.l. central. this is the latest they've been in first place in their division since 2003. >> i like arthur bryant's. okay. a daredevil leap and quite a landing to show you. this one comes to us from hawaii. it is our "play of the day." check this out. this paraglader flying off a mountain skirting dangerously
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close to the ground there and then look at this, he turns downright gutsy as he takes aim at that row of apartment buildings. >> he flies right between the buildings over the pool and some palm trees then a right turn and flies right past a couple of guys using weedwhackers on the lawn before landing safely on that strip of grass. >> good for him. >> he did a pretty good job there. >> exactly. didn't get mowed over either. well, up next in "the pulse," the reactions coming in from around the world on the passing of robin williams. plus, the instant connection between the late comic and american troops.
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welcome back. time now for a special edition of "the pulse," remembering a hollywood legend. >> robin williams dead at the age of 63 of an apparent suicide. the comedian, actor and hollywood legend leaves behind a legacy of laughs and now a trail of tears. tributes are pouring in from around the world. abc's jimmy kimmel tweeting "robin was as sweet a man as he was funny. if you're sad, please tell someone." >> and from actor kevin spacey "robin williams made the world laugh and think, i will remember and honor that. a great man, artist and friend. i will miss him beyond measure." and this particular touching message from the academy of motion picture arts and sciences, "genie, you're free." >> very sweet picture there. he was, of course, the voice of the genie in that disney film. a disney legend through and through, and this memorial you
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see here growing at the so-called "good will hunting" bench in the boston public garden. it's the same spot where you see robin and matt damon filming that now famous scene. >> yeah, and people are returning there leaving movie quotes written in chalk at the base of the bench along with flowers. next, a moment williams said he would never forget. >> this is in 2008. williams was performing for troops in kuwait. every soldier suddenly turned around when they heard a song started playing. williams clearly had no idea what was happening. >> he didn't realize that the soldiers stand at attention when the base's flag is being lowered and williams turned it into a great moment. >> i'm not going to forget that. [ laughter ] i've never had an entire audience just go, forget you. you have no idea. [ cheers and applause ] i was also wondering what's coming from that way. [ laughter ] though the flag is coming down, okay, good, because that's pretty weird in the middle of your act to just have everyone go -- [ laughter ]
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that's just like wow! it's like in the middle of sex to go, bye-bye. [ laughter ] >> williams later called that moment, quote, an experience. it certainly was that for sure and, you know, such a big advocate for the uso, six tours around the world with them. some 89,000, 90,000 service members. >> yeah, 13 countries. >> that's right. some incredible work there. and also a testament to what sort of wit that he had turned into those brilliant mopes. hundreds of fans are leaving comments on our facebook page. >> yeah, more than 500 have written us. we asked what's your favorite memory of robin williams. linas says "good morning, vietnam." his best movie." >> katrina says, "i first saw him in "mork & mindy" and loved him ever since." >> and candy sums it up saying,
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live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> good morning on tuesday at 4:28. >> first in, a check on the forecast. >> we start with live doppler 7 hd. we tracked the chance of a thunderstorm. it looks live the low has fizzle ed. most of the thunderstorms are now moving into the high country. that is where they stay. you can see we have marine layer trying to develop. it is high up. the thought of drizzle at the coast but that is it. 78 to 83 inland east bay this afternoon. that is below average. 63 to 68 at the coast into san francisco. 68 to 78 around the bay. all of us are breezy. leyla gulen?
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good morning, everyone. the golden gate bridge from marin headed away from sausalito interest san francisco we have current conditions so no delays and no accidents. at the altamont pass, the drive through westbound 580 is begin to slow down because of an accident with some delays pushing through the altamont pass. one lane will be blocked and it will re-open shortly. we all in shock, friends and fans 14 the death of actor robin williams with reaction pouring in. he was found dead yesterday from suicide at his home in marin county. he was 63. he was battles severe depression amy hollyfield is at his home in tub ron with the -- in tiburon
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with the latest. >> we are at the home. there are flowers. friends and neighbors have laced at the gate of his home in tiburon. a few notes including one written in children's handwriting talking how sad he is robin williams died and mentioning his favorite movie "mrs. doubtfire" signed by a i boy named frencher. his neighbors have lovely thin to say about him. a woman said he was the most unpretentious man and always seemed happy. a man friends with robin williams' stepson said he would often bust out in spontaneous comedy routines. >> i come into the room hanging out and he would say jokes and i appreciated that. it was cool to experience that. >> his street is crowded this morning with


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